(US/sc) College intends to build kosher, vegetarian dining facility
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If the name Marty Perlmutter isn’t already on your radar, it should
be. Perlmutter is a New Yorker, son of Jewish immigrants, former
Philosophy Chair at the College and has been a faculty member since
1979. He also happens to be the current director of the Jewish Studies
Program, and by Fall 2014 he will have a building on campus to
commemorate his lasting legacy at the College.
The expansion will include the creation of a new dining hall geared
toward the kosher-observant and vegan/vegetarian eaters at the
College. Students with special eating needs will have a new option to
It is this, the strict ethical laws inherent in Jewish law, that make
ethical eating, vegetarianism and even veganism a type of subgroup
that plays into Jewish identity. Alex Hoff, a Jewish senior at the
College, doesn’t necessarily think that a dining hall designated to
vegetarian and kosher needs will specifically attract more Jews or
ethically minded students to the College. Currently, the College has
about 700 Jewish students, but this is not reflected by the number of
students who show up to the weekly kosher dinners provided by Hillel
at the College.
“Most American Jews I know that… keep kosher and now attend college
are more than willing to eat non-kosher certified dairy outsides their
houses… Jews that only eat kosher certified [everything] often do not
attend college but instead religious studies institutions (yeshivas).
That being said, having a vegetarian kosher cafeteria doesn’t mean
very much to me, and I don’t think it will intrinsically attract more
Jews to the school.”
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